Result: Southampton held at Aston Villa

Southampton are frustrated by Aston Villa as they are held to a goalless draw despite dominating for much of the game.

Southampton have been held to a goalless draw away at Aston Villa in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Saints dominated possession for the majority of the game and created the clearer chances but were unable to break the deadlock.

Aston Villa's English striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and Southampton's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren compete for the ball during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park in Birmingham on April 19, 2014© Getty Images

Southampton sprinted out of the blocks with two early chances for Rickie Lambert. First, the England striker could only direct Luke Shaw's cross straight at the goalkeeper, before he saw another close-range effort blocked by Ron Vlaar.

Brad Guzan then made a good stop from Steven Davis, after initially failing to deal with a cross before Adam Lallana just failed to get on the end of a clever Shaw pass.

Villa improved after half time with Karim El Ahmadi firing just wide twice in quick succession before the same player almost forced Jose Fonte into an own goal. Between those chances Lallana just failed to produce the final touch after an excellent move on the Southampton left.

Steven Davis of Southampton holds off Marc Albrighton and Karim El Ahmadi of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on April 19, 2014© Getty Images

Southampton continued to push forward and had a big penalty appeal turned down with 10 minutes to go after Nathaniel Clyne's cross appeared to be blocked by Ryan Bertrand's hand, but referee Lee Mason was unmoved.

The visitors continued to control possession but were ultimately frustrated by their opponents today.

Steven Davis of Southampton holds off Marc Albrighton and Karim El Ahmadi of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on April 19, 2014
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